TL;DR OpenCorporates has come a long way in the past 6 years, and is increasingly core infrastructure for the corporate world, not to mention an essential tool for journalists, investigators, NGOs and governments. It’s time to ensure that its corporate structure reflects and safeguards that position, ensuring it will always act in the public … Continue reading A corporate structure for the public benefit and the long term
‘Verification’ is frequently said to be a critical step in generating high-quality beneficial ownership information. What’s less clear is what is actually meant by verification, and what are the key factors in the process. In fact, verification is not one step, but three.
Hot on the heels of the lawsuit we filed in Montreal against the Quebec company register comes news that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC/Radio-Canada) is also suing the register. The CBC suit, filed on April 12, is on the basis that the register, by restricting access to the register is “violer la liberté de la presse” … Continue reading Now CBC Radio-Canada sues the Quebec Register too
Yesterday, OpenCorporates filed suit in the Superior Court (Civil Division) in Montreal, Quebec, for a declaratory judgement against the Quebec Registraire des Enterprises, to ensure that OpenCorporates data on Quebec companies remains freely available to journalists, NGOs and thousands of other users around the world. The suit is in response to a demand that the … Continue reading OpenCorporates takes Quebec company register to court
In a significant victory for transparency and common sense, today the European Court of Justice today ruled that personal data in company records was not subject to the so-called 'right to be forgotten', even for dissolved companies. This is a crucial judgement for corporate transparency, and for the fight against the use of companies for criminal purposes, … Continue reading European Court confirms company data can’t be whitewashed
Today, the International Open Data Conference will be going to Madrid, in Spain. Which is an odd choice for an open data event, given that the Spanish government has not been exactly a world (or even European) leader in open data. In fact, if you listen to Spanish transparency NGOs, there are even deeper problems. … Continue reading When will Spain walk the #opendata walk?
A little-known fact about OpenCorporates is that not only is it the largest open database of companies in the world, it's also probably the large database on nonprofits and charities in the world too. That's not because we've made a big effort to fetch nonprofit and charity data, but because many nonprofits and charities are … Continue reading Charity Registers and corporate data: the missing link